Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is very pleased to announce that Elliot Appel has been selected as one of the four artists of the gallery’s recent 13th “Solo Art Series” Art Competition. Elliot will now have a month-long solo art exhibition and he will be featured on the gallery’s front page, in the Gallery’s YouTube Channel, as well as in the “Solo Art Series” archive.
Elliot is an award-winning painter based in Bayonne, New Jersey. His New York City storefronts paintings, with their dispossessed air, graffiti-covered doorways, and grime, both repel and draw the viewer into the cinematic-like worlds he creates. Elliot will now be promoted by the gallery with an extensive public relations campaign.
This solo exhibition will distribute, promote and circulate press releases to over 550+ major News Outlets, Premium FOX, CBS, NBC, Affiliated Sites, Guaranteed inclusion on Google News & Bing News and social media distribution through LST gallery’s broad social media network.
In addition, as part of his award package, Elliot will now be featured as a Light Space & Time – Artwork Archive promoted artist.
Elliot’s art will also be featured on the gallery’s YouTube Channel and with an event postcard.
The “Solo Art Series” is a series of monthly solo art exhibitions for established artists who have a body of work to present to the public. Artist participants were asked to submit the following 3 components for the “Solo Art Series” competition: 1. Their art. 2. Their artist biography. 3. Their artist statement. These elements were evaluated and judged, which resulted in the selection of the artists who will be featured in individual month-long solo art exhibitions. This was the 13th “Solo Art Series” Art Competition that the gallery has conducted.
Below is Elliot’s Artist Biography, his Artist Statement, along with 20 or his images. We hope that you will take the time to read Elliot’s information and to take a look at his hauntingly beautiful paintings.
Elliot Appel was born in New York City in 1952. As a child, he was fascinated by film and frequently sketched pictures of the celebrities he admired to see if he could capture a likeness. Mr. Appel continued sketching in this way through high school, and his first major encouragement was finishing second place in a poster-making contest for a play that was to be performed at his school.
Subsequently, Mr. Appel enrolled in New York’s City College, registering for a degree in liberal arts but left college after one year to ‘see the world’. A self-taught artist, Mr. Appel spent the next few years traveling through Europe, fortifying the education he had begun with trips to museums in Paris, Geneva, Florence, Milan, Venice, Rome and Athens. In his early twenties, Mr. Appel’s cityscapes and storefronts call to mind the iconic images of American artists like John Sloan or Edward Hopper, who were influenced by film, and whose crisp, light-flooded takes on modern realistic street scenes inspired American film sets for decades. Appel’s images of old New York City storefronts, with their graffiti-covered doorways, city grime and sharp perspective both confront and draw the viewer into the vital, cinematic-like worlds that he creates. He has often said that he tries to capture “details of everyday life that people may not notice or take for granted as they rush from place to place.”
A long-time resident of Bayonne, New Jersey, Mr. Appel has exhibited his work in Soho, Lever House, Lincoln Center, the Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island and the Monmouth Museum. He has had one person shows at the Hoboken Historical Museum and the Watchung Arts Center in New Jersey. Most recently, he has exhibited his work at The Painting Center in Chelsea, the Ridgewood Art League, and the National Art League as well as online exhibits with the National Oil and Acrylics Painters Society. He is the recipient of several awards and has developed a loyal following within the tristate area.
I want the viewer to share my interest in everyday objects that are unique to ‘the city’. All too often, people may find themselves rushing from place to place without noticing the beauty, history, diversity and culture that surrounds them. They may not have an opportunity to appreciate the street performer, the antiquated storefront, and the interesting window reflection-things that contribute to making urban living worthwhile and enriching.
I also strive to capture remnants of the ‘old’ city on canvas before they become fleeting memories- the city of five-story walk-ups, ornamental windows and hand-painted signs. I think it’s important to remember these things.
My art allows people to ‘slow it down’. It gives the viewer a chance to focus on some of the overlooked details that are an integral part of their daily lives; hopefully the viewer will come away with a greater appreciation for their surroundings and share my love of ‘the city’.
Elliot’s website is: www.elliotappelpaints.com/.